Thanksgiving. A Family Gathering

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

thanksgiving lightsThanksgiving brings families together. My family is all here, within 35-40-miles radius. Since we came to US, 4 of us, in 1991, the family extended with my daughter's husband and 2 kids, our grandchildren, so 7 of us gathered around the table with a turkey in the center. We all said what we were thankful for, kids had some trouble figuring what they could be thankful for, but they finally succeeded, so we could get to the food and drinks.

It was a very simple party, and simple parties are the beautiful ones. My grandson Daniel entertained us playing the piano, we just had a wonderful time together.

I took the camera and made these photos when they did not expect it and did not pose. They are not great photos, far from that, but they are dear to my heart. Both photos and subjects on the photos.

Thanks for us being together.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 My daughter InnaMy daughter Inna, talking to her brother

My son VadimMy son Vadim, waiting for his turn

My Grandson DanielMy grandson Daniel "What to play?"My son-in-law JonMy son-in-law Jon (they have their own music)

my wife OlgaMy wife Olga, listening to Daniel playing piano

 My Grandson Shane

 

 

My grandson Shane, not listening to Daniel

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Chris and Maria Jeantet
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Beautiful family Jon, and beautiful post, very personal - enjoy the rest of the Holidays!

Nov 28, 2008 07:10 PM #1
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Jon,

Nice family! You are in deed blessed.

Family, friends, and found memories, what more can a man ask for?

Bill

Nov 28, 2008 09:06 PM #2
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Jon, You have a beautiful family!!! It looks like you have a lot to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

I did not know Inna was your daughter. I learn something new every day!!! 

Nov 28, 2008 10:00 PM #3
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Jon, it was great to have your family close to you so you could all get together for Thanksgiving. Your spontaneous un-posed photos are great. Good memories!

Nov 28, 2008 11:36 PM #4
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Jon, you have a beautiful family, and there is nothing better than having everyone live close enough to spend this holiday together!

Nov 28, 2008 11:47 PM #5
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Chris & Maria - Thanks. It is a blessing, and I appreciate it more and more

Nov 29, 2008 01:49 AM #6
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Bill - Thank you. Family ties like good wine: only becomes better with time

Nov 29, 2008 01:52 AM #7
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Bryant - Thanks. I know, I was the lucky one, and, as I use to say, I already won my million dollar jackpot when got to this country.

As for my daughter Inna, you surprise me. Is there any other reason a lady in her prime time would even be close to me? (LOL)

Nov 29, 2008 01:55 AM #8
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Michael -  Thank you. Trying to keep it as long as we can. We are getting older, grand-kids are growing and Daniel soon will be on his own, so this is precious

Nov 29, 2008 01:57 AM #9
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Patricia - being so close is the beauty and the curse. Especially in "Russian" families, where there is often too much involvement on the part of the elders in the life of others.

But they take it in stride. Jon, my son-in-law, who has the advantage of not speaking Russian, at first was often confused when he heard my daughter arguing with her mom, which could be heated. He thought that this was a sign of a war. It took him time to figure it that out that in "Russian" families yelling is not necessarily a sign of the war even if it sounded like it (LOL)

Nov 29, 2008 02:03 AM #10
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You have a beautiful family and the pictures reveal that fact!

Nov 29, 2008 02:15 AM #11
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Barbara -   Thank you for visiting and commenting.

Nov 29, 2008 02:36 AM #12
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Why does my brother always look so ...hmm, what the word, oh yeah, constipated?
Glad you had the camera - so now you have to send me pics of the kids, as opposed to the way it normally goes:-)

Great to see you guys!!!

Nov 29, 2008 07:36 AM #13
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Hi Jon, What a beautiful family and I am sure you are very proud. It is the folks like you that make this country so great. I can tell your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that so pleases me. Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving message these great family photos.

Nov 29, 2008 03:34 PM #14
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Inna - You surprise me. Or you are trying to flatter me? Of course, I will send you the photos, but you, guys, make hundred times better photos.

Nov 29, 2008 04:10 PM #15
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William - thanks for your as usual very encouraging comment. And you are right about Thanksgiving being wonderful. We all just had fun, and on was presiding both over cutting the turkey, and keeping the traditions.

Daniel gave us a test about American presidents and we collectively did OK. Was great, though.

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